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Chargers Announce TV Deal With CBS 2 In LA

“CBS 2 takes over for the Chargers previous television partner KABC channel 7.”

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The Los Angeles Chargers will have a new home next season as Sofi Stadium is expected to open, but they’ll also have a new television home. Thursday afternoon, the Chargers announced a multiyear broadcast partnership with CBS 2 Los Angeles. 

The agreement makes CBS 2 a year-round media partner and the official preseason TV home of the Chargers. CBS 2 takes over for the Chargers previous television partner KABC channel 7.

“Everyone at CBS 2 is thrilled to reestablish our partnership with the Chargers,” president and general manager of CBS 2, Jay Howell said in the press release. “Jim Hill and many of our other employees have long had a great working relationship with the Spanos family, as well as Chargers players, coaches and front office staff. It’s great for us to grow our partnership with the team as it prepares to move into SoFi Stadium and start an exciting new chapter in franchise history. The Chargers are the perfect fit for CBS 2 and our viewers, as this new partnership agreement includes preseason game rights that dovetail nicely with CBS Sports’ rights to AFC regular season and playoff games.”

Already staffed with Chargers’ flavor, CBS 2 sports anchor Jim Hill is a former NFL defensive back, having played with the Bolts from 1968-1971. A broadcaster for more than four decades, Hill will provide Chargers coverage during CBS 2 newscasts and weekend additions of Sports Central.  The network will also air a weekly 30-minute Chargers show beginning at 6:30pm, Saturdays during the NFL season.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with CBS 2 as we open our SoFi Stadium home this year and enter a new era of Los Angeles Chargers football,” Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos added. “This truly is the perfect partnership on a number of levels. Not only did CBS 2 carry 11 of our 16 regular season games last season but Jim Hill, prior to becoming the sports broadcasting icon that he is here in Los Angeles, is a former first-round draft pick of ours and a beloved Chargers alum. When you consider Jim’s increased involvement with the franchise, the year-round coverage, first-rate preseason telecasts, in-depth features, off-field community collaboration and extensive postgame analysis of regular season contests, we simply can’t wait for the 2020 season to kick off and have CBS 2 right there with us.”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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FOX Sports’ Boasts Most-Watched College Football Window with Big Noon Saturday

Big Noon Saturday grabbed 4,378,000 viewers on FOX this week for the Maryland-Michigan game. That result brings the network’s first four games average viewership to 6,260,000, up 6% from 2021 and rates as the most-watched window in college football.

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FOX Sports announced that their college football premiere viewing window, Big Noon Saturday, has seen a strong start to 2022.

Big Noon Saturday grabbed 4,378,000 viewers on FOX this week for the Maryland-Michigan game. That result brings the network’s first four games average viewership to 6,260,000, up 6% from 2021 and rates as the most-watched window in college football.

FOX Sports also noted that the network’s college football pregame show, Big Noon Kickoff, boasts an average of 1,331,000 viewers each week during its final hour. That is an increase of 15% from last year, thru the first four games of the season.

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Red Sox/Yankees Second Largest Sunday Night Baseball Rating Of Season

Sunday’s audience was up 47% from a comparable Red Sox and Yankees broadcast a year ago.

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Sunday’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees on ESPN saw its second largest audience of the season.

Viewership peaked at 2.7 million between 7:45 PM-8:00 PM while Aaron Judge was at bat. Judge is chasing the American League and franchise record for single season home runs. He currently sits at 60 while the record is 61.

Sunday’s audience was up 47% from a comparable Red Sox and Yankees broadcast a year ago. The game averaged 2.2 million viewers, second only to a game played by the same two franchises in April this year, which saw an average of 2.487 million.

ESPN2’s KayRod Cast saw 243,000 viewers on average. That number is the third largest for the season.

ESPN’s season finale of Sunday Night Baseball will be this Sunday as the Mets face the Braves.

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Buster Olney Bristles At NJ.com Report ESPN Asked MLB To Continue Yankees Rain Delay

“Throughout the delay, the Yankees and the Red Sox each lobbied the league to declare the game over as the forecast kept getting worse, the person said. But ESPN kept the pressure on.”

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Plenty of media coverage has surrounded New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s chase for the single-season franchise and American League home run record. Sunday’s game against the Red Sox entered a lengthy rain delay during Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, which Buster Olney said ESPN had no part in the delay lasting longer than it should have.

A report by Brendan Kuty of NJ.com claims ESPN pressured MLB to keep the game in a rain delay to give him the chance to hit his 61st homer on their network. Kuty reported “Throughout the delay, the Yankees and the Red Sox each lobbied the league to declare the game over as the forecast kept getting worse, the person said. But ESPN kept the pressure on.”

ESPN MLB Reporter Buster Olney pushed back on the claim.

Olney flat out denied the accusation, saying “it’s simply not true” to one user before another user claimed it was Olney’s word against Kuty’s. Olney then set the record straight.

Kuty’s report claims the rain delay only ended when Yankees manager Aaron Boone threatened to pull Judge from the game during the rain delay. When the threat of Judge being removed from the game reached MLB and ESPN authorities, according to Kuty, did the one hour and 38 minute delay end and the game was called.

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